Fran Self, B.S., Clinical Supervisor/HI
Fran has been working with children with disabilities and their families since 1981. She is certified as a Habilitative Intervention Professional, has 6 years of experience as an Intensive Behavior Intervention Professional therapist, and almost 30 years experience as a Developmental Specialist for both Infants and children. Fran has a B. S. from Thomas Edison State College in Human Services/Mental Health and Rehabilitation. She is certified through Utah State University as a Parent Advisor for deaf-blind infants, and she has many hours of continuing education in child development (specializing in young children with autism), positive behavior supports, functional behavior analysis, and family education. Fran is the oldest of 10 brothers and sisters, the mother of five grown daughters, and the grandmother of seven grandchildren. Fran enjoys spending time with her family, fishing, reading, gardening, and camping when she has time!
Amy Huffman, Habilitative Interventionist
Amy is a Habilitative Interventionist with A&R. She is currently working towards a Masters in Social Work and loves working in the human services field. She has worked with teens and young adults at a IFC since 2014 and found it to be very rewarding. As Amy is new to this company, she is looking forward to meeting new clients and making a difference in the lives of the people she works with!
Ariel Elizondo, B.S. Habilitative Interventionist
Ariel Elizondo graduated from Washington State University with a BS in Psychology with an emphasis in
neuroscience. She began working in this field in 2011 and has found that her passion is to work with
children. She has worked with participating in various grant projects and working closely with renowned
consultants which has led her to specialize in assistive forms of communication of individuals with
autism. Outside of work she enjoys spending time with her family.
Bess Hancock, HI Professional
Bess Marie Hancock has worked with children since 2004. This included working within the school system, as well as with clients in their homes and community. She enjoys using the skills she has as well as learning new techniques and strategies.
Cathy Nakao, HI
Cathy Nakao is an HI Professional for A&R Case Management. She was hired in March of 2014. Cathy received her Bachelor’s degree in 1974 for Elementary Education and her Master's in Special Education in 1975. In all her years of experience, she has had the opportunity to work with a wide range of participants and different programs. In 1980, Cathy was a project Manager for the Handicapped Children’s Early Education Project. In 1983, she participated in the Oregon High School project. In her free time, she likes to volunteer with animal cruelty protection. Cathy is excited to learn and grow with A&R.
Chelsey has a Bachelor of Arts degree in physiology and have been working with children and families for over 5 years. She is currently a Habilitative Interventionist and 0-3 Service Coordinator. She has a very naturalistic approach to intervention and likes to make the learning experience fun. She absolutely love this field and loves waking up knowing that not only is she making a difference in these kiddos lives - but they are in hers.
Chris Haskell, Program Manager and Developmental Specialist
Chris Haskell has been part of the A&R Case Management team since November, 2009. It brings him great personal satisfaction to have the opportunity to be part of a team that specializes in helping individuals with developmental disabilities gain independence to their fullest ability. Chris enjoys being an advocate and promoting inclusion for individuals with developmental disabilities in the community. He is actively involved with the Special Olympics Team “The A&R All Stars.” When not working, Chris enjoys spending time with his family, landscaping, attending BSU football games and barbecueing with friends.
Daffney Griffith, B.S., Service Coordinator 0-3/HI
Daffney graduated from Southern Oregon University with a B.S. in Psychology. I have worked with children and adults as a psychosocial rehabilitation specialist and at A&R as a Service Coordinator for Idaho’s Infant Toddler Program and as a Habilitative Intervention Professional. She believes that supporting and empowering parents to “take the Lead” in their child’s learning and development process is crucial for the families overall success.
Dave Carr, Program Coordinator/HI
Dave is Retired Military and attended Kaplan University with an AAS in Criminal Justice as well as a BS in Human Services with a focus on Child and Family Welfare. Currently working with children and adolescents providing Habilitative Intervention and providing Program Coordination for hourly supported living clients.
DeeDee Scranton, B.A., Service Coordinator/HI
Donna (DeeDee) Scranton is a Service Coordinator specializing in services to children ages 3 to 18. DeeDee has a Bachelor's degree in Psychology and is certified as an ABA-HI Therapist. In addition to her full-time work as a Service Coordinator and Habilitative Intervention Therapist, DeeDee is currently pursuing her Master's degree in Mental Health Counseling. DeeDee has experience in teaching, health information systems and patient financial advocacy.
DeeDee enjoys outdoor activities, listening to music and spending time with family and friends. DeeDee is the proud mother of five wonderful children and grandmother to 11 (soon to be 12) amazing grandchildren.
Dominic Tartini, Habilitative Interventionist
Dominic joined A&R in their HI Department in August 2015. He has worked in mental health and developmental services for 8 years. He has experience with children and adults from 8 years to 80 years. Some of his previous jobs include pre-school teaching, after-school program worker, Community Based Rehabilitation Specialist, and Case Management. Dominic has 5 children of his own and has a great passion for working with children!
Gretchen Arant, B.S., Habilitative Interventionist
Gretchen started at A&R in 2012. She received her bachelor’s degree in Social Work
form Northwest Nazarene University in 2010. She enjoys working with her clients and
their families and watching all the progress that they have made from the time they
entered the Infant Toddler Program. When not working, she loves spoiling her nieces
and nephew and taking them on Auntie Dates. She also loves camping, reading and
being in the sunshine.
Harry Steimer, HI
Harry Steimer is a ten year veteran public school teacher with experience teaching multiple grade levels and subject areas. He was the lead teacher in an S.D.C. class and alternative education staff member and worked with a variety of needs, disabilities, and age levels ranging from kindergarten to 12th grade during that time.
Jacoby Pintler, Habilitative Interventionist
Jacoby started with A&R in the summer of 2015. He gained his experience working with both children and adults in Lewiston and Moscow. He has had the opportunity to work with a verity of clients with all different functional levels. He is excited for the opportunity to work with you and your children!
Jayton Pintler, Habilitative Interventionist
Jayton started with A&R in the summer of 2015. He gained his experience working with both children and adults in Lewiston and Moscow since 2014. He has had the opportunity to work with a variety of clients with all different functional levels. He is excited for the opportunity to work with you and your children!
Jerry Stark, B.A., HI Professional
Jerry Stark has a BA degree in Psychology. He graduated from Idaho State University. Jerry is certified as an IBI Professional/Habilitative Support Specialist in the state of Idaho. He specializes in behavioral therapy work, primarily with teens and children who have been diagnosed with autism spectrum disorders. His background includes human resource management (military), retail management and human services. Jerry is a Nampa native, proud father of four great kids and active in church and the community. His hobbies include: computers and tech stuff, skiing, fishing, nature photography, sketching/painting and creative writing.
Joshua Benjamin, B.S., Clinical Supervisor/HI
Josh is a clinical supervisor at A&R. He has been with the agency for 10 years. He graduated from Northwest Nazarene University with a degree in chemistry. He is an avid climber and enjoy challenges.
Joyce Brown – HI
Joyce Brown has been working for A&R Case Management since August 2013. She has 5 years of working as an IBI and now is an HI therapist. Joyce comes from Rhode Island and has many more years experience working with children with developmental disabilities.
Kari Knopp, B.A., HI Professional
Kari Knopp has a BA in Elementary Education. Her my main interest is children with autism and other developmental disabilities. Kari has the unique experience of having a family member affected with these disabilities. She enjoys working with children and hopes to help them achieve their full potential.
Kyle Holcomb, Developmental Specialist/HI
Kyle Holcomb has been working at A&R Case Management for several years. He began his career at A&R as a Developmental Tech where he served children with disabilities as a one-on-one therapist. Kyle's interest in working in human services started during the fall of 2007 because he wanted to give back to this specific population. During his upbringing, Kyle's family had the chance to experience a life with a magnificent young girl with disabilities, his sister. He knew that this experience would give him the chance to give back to this population. During the first five years of Kyle's career at A&R, he worked diligently on obtaining an undergraduate degree from Boise State University, graduating with a Bachelor’s degree in General Studies in December 2013. At this time, Kyle began the next chapter of his career as a developmental Specialist and Habilitative Interventionist. Kyle now enjoys the opportunity to help children and adults with disabilities further adapt to society and gets to know some extraordinary families.
Mandey McFarland, Clinical Supervisor
Mandey graduated from the University of Phoenix with a B.S. in Psychology. During her schooling, Mandey began working as a developmental technician and gained a lot of experience in her year and a half of employment there. Mandey has spent spare time volunteering for local DDA organizations and participated in local fundraisers and awareness campaigns for developmental disabilities. Mandey has been certified as an Interventionist and is working on her IBI certification. Additionally, Mandey is working to get her Masters in Education with Autism and ABA emphasis. This program also meets the requirements for coursework needed to obtain a certificate in Behavior Analysis ( BCBA) from the Behavior Analysis Certification Board. Pending Mandey’s acceptance and completion of this program, she will then begin working on completing the 1500 hours of experience that are also required for this certification. Mandey thoroughly enjoys working with individuals affected by developmental disabilities. During her free time she loves to spend time with her three children, one of whom has Autism.
Marci Harris, HI
I am an HI professional with A&R. I have a Bachelor’s degree in psychology and sociology. I have five years of experience working with children with developmental delays and behavior issues. I enjoy working with kids and families and I am excited to have the opportunity to work with you and your child.
Marjorie Winkler, Habilitative Interventionist
Marjorie is an HI Professional at A&R Case Management. She has been working with children with developmental delays since 2012. She originally went to school to be a pre-school teacher, but realized her passion was to work with special needs children. She is very excited to begin this new journey in her life and looks forward to working with you and your child.
Mary Cardell, HI Professional
Hi, my name is Mary Cardell. I have worked as an IBI / HI Professional for seven year’s. Currently I am working on getting an M.ED in applied behavior analyses from Arizona State University. I Love My Job.
Meg Dawson – HI
I am a habilitation interventionist and children’s psychosocial rehabilitation therapist. I began working in the schools in the year 2000 and have been a teacher’s aide, substitute teacher and in-school IBI and PRS specialist. I love my work and enjoy being a part of positive change in the lives of children and their families.
Nicholle Topliff, Habilitative Interventionist, American Sign Language Interpreter
Nicholle Topliff joined the A&R team as an HI in August 2015. She recently moved back to the Treasure Valley from Eastern Idaho. She has over two years' experience working with both children and adults with developmental delays. She also communicates in American Sign Language which is a great asset for A&R especially when assisting with children. She loves crafts, camping, fishing and traveling.
Rachel Chick, B.S., Clinical Supervisor/HI
Hi, my name is Rachel Chick, B.S., Developmental Specialist/Habilitative Interventionist
Rachel Chick is a graduate of Boise State University where she earned a B.S. in Social Science. Rachel is certified by the state of Idaho as a Developmental Specialist for adults and children 3-17 years of age. Throughout the past eight years, Rachel’s professional experience has included employment with the Independent School District of Boise City as a Behavior Interventionist, and current employment with A & R Case Management where she is the Lead Developmental Specialist and a Targeted Service Coordinator. Rachel has also volunteered her time as a mentor and coach for “Walkin’ the Talk” Teen and Family Program. Rachel believes that it is paramount for our young people to become aware of and learn to express their emotions in order to make choices that support their positive growth. Rachel enjoys spending time with her family, and enjoying the great outdoors
Rainey has a BS in Health Science emphasis Public Health. She is currently a Certified C and a HI professional. She loves working with children. They are so willing to learn and it is very exciting to see them grow. The best part is helping them improve areas in their life strengthens my life. I’m grateful to have a career in this field.
Rebecca "Becky" Rose B.S., Habilitative Interventionist
Becky has worked in this field for over ten years. She has been working as an HI professional for eighteen months. She enjoys working with children with disabilities and finds it challenging yet rewarding.
Robert Miller, B.S., HI Professional
Hi, my name is Robert Miller I have been employed by A&R Case Management since August 2005. I have worked with children with disabilities at our center, in the community, and at schools using techniques designed to change and modify undesirable behaviors to more socially acceptable behaviors. This past year I have been working as a Certified Habilitative Interventionist by the State of Idaho H&W.
Ryan Shore, HI
I am a Habilitative Interventionist professional with A&R Case Management. I have been with A&R for over 8 years, first as a Therapy Technician, then Habilitative Support staff before my current position. I graduated from Boise State University with a degree in Psychology. I have had an opportunity to work with multiple children with various abilities, across a large age span. I have also had the joy and pleasure of being the coach of A&R's Special Olympic track and field team since 2007. I am trained in the MANDT system which teaches de-escalation, as well as CPR and first-aid certified. In my free time, I enjoy reading, coaching and hiking.
Sandra Arizana, Habilitiative Interventionist
Sandra goes by “Sandy”. Sandy has worked in the field since 2007 as a mental health associate and also as a special needs teacher. In the class room she helped with developmentally disadvantaged kids as well as those with behavioral disorders. She has also worked in a psychiatric hospital where kids were admitted to the adolescent treatment center. She is really excited to get started working with you and your child/children!
Scott Bryant, M.A., Habilitative Interventionist
Scott has been in the teaching field here in the Treasure Valley for over twenty years. Scott has always been involved in working with special needs children and has coached football, basketball and baseball. He has a Master’s Degree in Curriculum and Instruction. He is excited to work with children one-on-one under the Children’s Redesign Program.
Shauni Holcomb, B.A., HI professional
Shauni graduated from the College of Idaho with a Bachelor’s in Psychology and a Minor in Education. She is currently pursuing her Master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology through Idaho State University. Shauni has been working with children with developmental disabilities as a therapy tech and as an IBI professional for the past six years at A & R Case Management. She has extensive experience in skill building as well as teaching replacement behaviors for children with severe maladaptive behaviors. When she is not working, she enjoys spending time with her husband and family.
Shawna Brown, M.Ed., Habilitative Interventionist
Shawna and her family come from Washington State. Shawna has worked for more than ten years within school districts as a special education teacher. She moved to the Treasure Valley in 2015 with her family. She has always enjoyed working with children and assisting them overcome their disabilities. She has earned her Master’s Degree in Special Education. Shawna is excited to be a part of A&R Case Management and assisting your child.
Tami Michael, HI Professional
Tami has been working in this field for 15 years. She teaches the Severe and profound special education class in Wilder, Grades 5-12. She works part time as a HI Professional where she utilizes and practices her HI skills on a daily basis. She loves to ride & train horses and compete in barrel races. She loves spending time with her 4 kids, 3 grand kids and taking road trips.
Tammie Cox, B.A., HI Professional
Hi, my name is Tammie Cox. I am an Habilitative Interventionist at A&R Case Management since June of 2008. I have a BA in General studies from Idaho State University and an Associates in Music form Ricks College. I specialize in intervention with you children. I have experience in Psycho Social Rehabilitation with adults, teaching in public schools, job coach, Developmental therapy, HS, IBI. My husband and I are Foster Parents. We have had several children in our home with disabilities. We have adopted three children, two with special needs. I strive to be active in my church and community. I have several hobbies and talent that include, singing, piano, clarinet, flute, writing music and crafting. I am active in volleyball, basketball and I love camping with my family.
Tom Harris, B.S., Habilitative Interventionist
Tom was a teacher for the Kuna School District for over ten years when he decided to choose a different position that involved teaching. Tom is looking forward to enjoying the successes and challenges that come with the daily process of working as an HI with your children.
Wesley Kert, Habilitative Interventionist
Wesley worked as a teacher for the Nampa School District for ten years. He has a Master’s Degree in Curriculum and Instruction. He moved to Idaho in 2005 and is marred with four children. He enjoys working with people and is excited to provide Habilitative Intervention.